Db The Strøm 30L Backpack | Review

Db continue their dominance in the luggage space with this well thought out backpack

Why we chose the Db The Strøm 30L: Well engineered, comfortable, stylish 

Weight: 1,200g
Price: £165


Founded by engineer Trus Brataas and pro skier Jon Olsson, it’s fair to say that Db (previously known as ‘Douchebags’ – good name change, in our opinion) knows a thing or two about making well-designed ski luggage. They started with their now classic Snowroller pack, but have recently been applying their tried-and-tested formula to other luggage categories, such as this suitcase / backpack crossover – The Støm 30L.


Copying the signature Db Snowroller bags, the Strøm features a neat ‘Rib Cage’ construction as a way to provide protection for your valuable items while also keeping weight to a minimum.

The Rib Cage is made up of strong and lightweight ABS ribs (which are all pre-moulded in a three-stage foldable structure). They essentially create a scenario where less padding is being used, but with higher levels of all-round protection. We’ve been using a range of Db luggage and packs over the past few years and can get behind this clever way of providing protection to all your valuables.


So that’s the build out the way, but what’s going on the outside of the pack? Well, aside from the Hook Up system (more on that stuff later), there’s not actually too many exciting things happening on the exterior, which, in our opinion, is a good thing. This streamlined design will do well in boosting the durability of the pack, with less stuff to snag and break, and all that.

You’ve got two zipped sections of the pack: one main compartment and another smaller one that looks ideal for all sorts of personal items (keys, wallet, headphones, etc). Looking at the bigger main compartment, this can be opened out, just like many other Db suitcases, fully to show the entirety of the compartment. It’s preferable to having to blindly dive your arm in, as you do with a normal backpack.

The bag is handy as it naturally stands vertically, this makes accessing the top smaller compartment really easy. It does though mean you’ll need to lay the bag flat, kind of like a suitcase, to open up the main compartment.

For a pack this size, Db’s Hook Up System is a great way to provide a versatile carry system while also giving your back a much-needed rest when you’re hauling the pack through airports and train stations. Pair the bag with one of DB’s roller bags, such as the Snowroller, and the Støm will be able to piggyback onto the roller, saving your back when you find yourself with twenty bricks stuffed in it.

Other handy features include a separate laptop compartment that can take up to 16” laptops, while adjustable shoulder straps, and decent back and strap padding, provide a comfortable carry. All the buckles are also made from what looks to be a toughened metal  – something you’ll be thankful for if you ever leave your bag to the mercy of the baggage handlers.

Take one look at the Støm and you’ll see its sporting textbook Db design throughout. The pack is extremely well engineered and, when combined with the Snowroller, makes ferrying all your essential kit to and from the snow no bother at all. 

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